Dare to Clean Up the Air
Indoor air is filled with chemicals, smoke, dust, and biological
contaminates, and their effects are heightened by high temperature
and high humidity within buildings. Air-borne chemicals come from
man-made pressed wood products, carpets, household cleaning
products, personal care products, pesticides, lead, and gases. But,
natural threats also float in the air from
and radon gas.
True or False? Is indoor air quality usually worse than outdoor air
quality? (Read on for the answer)
Indoor air pollutants can affect health through respiratory
problems, headache, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, mental confusion,
digestive problems, cardiovascular irregularities, skin disorders,
muscle and joint pain, and even emotional problems like depression.
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is one of the primary causes of the
controversial illness, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS). For
differing opinions on MCS, visit the
U.S. Department of Labor and
the Chemical Injury Information Network.
Regardless of how you feel about MCS, the concentration of
pollutants indoors is often two to five times greater than outdoors,
and in some cases can be as high as 100 times greater according to
Occupational Hazards. We also spend, on average, 90% of our time
indoors, and school children spend more of their time indoors than
adults. They also breathe a greater volume of air relative to their
body weight than do adults. Therefore, children are at greater risk
of accumulating higher concentrations of pollutants in their bodies
from poor air quality.